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Computer freezing, NVIDIA Drivers

Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I have recently (a few months ago) upgraded my computer from an AMD2500+ to an AMD 3600 AM2 Dual Core VIA K8T900, 2GB RAM, NVIDIA ASUS 8600GT graphics card.  My computer has been freezing constantly ever since.  I have formatted three times, but have tried to live with it.

I have done a 7 hour memtest, no errors were found.

It freezes randomly, sometimes i get 2 hours before a freeze, sometimes 5min. I'll be doing something (usually happens when opening a new window) and then i just can't click anything. The mouse works for a while, but it also freezes about 20sec later. Then it either starts working again after about 2min or the screen goes black and then a BSOD.

The weird thing is...I can still access (and read from) the shared folders through the network from other computers.

I have done hours of research on this site and others and have one possible cause. I have looked through "Event Viewer" (eventvwr) and have found one error that constantly pops up:
Event Type:      Error
Event Source:      nv
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      108
Date:            11/10/2007
Time:            5:34:01 PM
User:            N/A
The driver nv4_disp for the display device \Device\Video0 got stuck in an infinite loop. This usually indicates a problem with the device itself or with the device driver programming the hardware incorrectly. Please check with your hardware device vendor for any driver updates.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
0000: 00 00 00 00 03 00 46 00   ......F.
0008: 00 00 00 00 6c 00 04 c0   ....l..À
0010: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ........
0018: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ........
0020: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ........

I have spent many hours trying to fix it, here are the things i have tried:
- Installed latest NVIDIA drivers
- Installed "nv4loopfix.exe", didn't seem to do anything
- Installed latest "VIA Hyperionpro v513" chipset drivers
- Flashed BIOS with latest version (as of 2 months ago), i originally did this to fix a problem with WinXP Pro not recognising the two cores on my CPU.
- As stated above, formatted 3 times
- Have tried running XP Pro without NVIDIA drivers installed (just windows ones), worked fine, but only tested for about 10min.

Please help me,
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This is a common problem with nvidia drivers, what might help is, trying to install older nvidia drivers, something like version 7x.xx. It is worth a try.


Does it have to be such an old version?  7x.xx is around 2005

You may try the older version if it works. I also encountered the same problem with an older nvidia video card purchased last 2004. I tried also all the steps that you did, even reinstalled the OS twice, tried out the latest and an old video driver but still freezes or gives a BSOD. I was only able to fix it by booting to "enable VGA mode" (press F8 as soon as starting up the system) and disabling the video drivers under display in the device manager. It reported that it may not work and prompted to restart the system. I restarted the system and still had the same screen resolution. I then checked the device manager, the drivers have a bang, but the BSOD did not happen again. I'm pretty sure I'm not using the integrated video controller, but I think the problem has something to do with the video card itself. Hope this helps.
Well it is very different from graphics-card to graphics-card, what version of drivers works. You can try newer drivers, but it doesn't harm to try some older drivers either.
If it doesn't work to change your drivers, then it has nothing to do with software, or drivers. Then it is some kind of hardware problem.
The first thing i would check if i was you, is the power-supply, and check if it big enough, and your graphics-card is getting enough power.
If it is not that, and you have checked your RAM, then i don't think it can be anything else than your graphics-card.

Hope that helps you on the way.


I have tried installing 7x.xx, 8x.xx and 9x.xx, but an error message says "The NVIDIA setup program could not locate any drivers that are compatible with your current hardware"


I have been running the video card on stock Windows drivers for over an hour. I have been opening and closing windows,  trying to stress the computer as much as i can and  havn't had any freezes yet.

It is very painful though, having to wait for the screen to visually redraw the window every time...

Hopefully this means it isn't a hardware problem, but since i can't install older drivers I don't know what i can do.
Well, thats because those older drivers isn't compatible with your nvidia card, so you probably have to install newer drivers anyway. But instead of installing the newest then try and install some that are a little older.

Just a small question: Have you installed any multi codec packs lately?


I have always had the K-Lite v288 codec pack installed.

I have tried installing the 158.22 pack, it still makes the computer freeze. Will gradually try older drivers.

P.S. I am uninstalling previous NVIDIA drivers in safe mode, is that right?
That is the right way, but allso use "driver cleaner" to be sure to remove everything.

Driver Cleaner:

The reason why i asked about the multi codex, is because it can cause problems, try and uninstall it, and see if it works.


Ok, i have uninstalled the K-Lite codec pack and installed the oldest NVIDIA driver that supports the 8600GT Forceware 158.19). Unfortunately the computer still freezes.
Any other ideas?
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COuld be a bad VGA card  or other hardware, perhaps even a resource conflict.

You need to test it for a day or 2 with a borrowed VGA card.

I hope this helps !


If it is a bad card, can i get a new one under warranty? How can i prove that it is a bad card?
Well, i don't think it is a bad videocard, I rather think that it is some kind of conflict between your videocard and some other hardware.
Have you tried checking the event viewer afterward, and see if you get the same error still, or maybe another error?


I havn't got a "nv" error in a couple of days, but am now getting a lot of these errors:

Event Type:      Error
Event Source:      DCOM
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      10005
Date:            14/10/2007
Time:            8:18:45 PM
DCOM got error "The service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it. " attempting to start the service BITS with arguments "" in order to run the server:

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

I think this one happed just before a computer freeze.
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I don't have any other PCI-E graphics cards, so couldn't try another one. Does anyone know what my current "DCOM" means?


Thanks for the help, i'll keep trying to different things to fix the problem.


I upgraded to VIsta and that seemed to fix the freezing problems
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